The Director of Public Affairs at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Mr. Kwame Frimpong has firmly hinged the facility’s inability to have enough bed spaces on fierce pressure from patients in and beyond the Ashanti Region.
According to him, the burden has over time forced the hospital authorities to turn most of the areas into bed spaces thereby causing congestion within and outside the various wards.
He said a space that was meant for 12 beds in one of the wards is currently housing over 50 beds and that the various corridors have also been converted into treatment areas due to limited capacity.
Speaking on the Abusua Nkommo on Abusua FM, Mr. Frimpong explained that the number of hospitals in the Ashanti region does not correspond with the growing population unlike Accra where several hospitals were built to fortify the Korle Bu teaching hospital.
He cited the Ridge hospital, the 37 Military Hospital, the bank of Ghana Hospital among others as big facilities in Accra which can equally provide health services just like any other teaching hospital.
The Public Affairs Director believes the Ashanti region is not being treated fairly as KATH remains the only referral hospital in the region and covers eleven other regions across the country.
“Accra and Kumasi are on the same page when it comes to population but Accra has about ten big health facilities to handle the soaring population there. As a matter of fact, the Korle Bu teaching hospital can decide to shut down at any time when there’s a major challenge and the casualties wouldn’t be great as compared to KATH. This is because they are equally important health facilities in Accra that can work just as Korle Bu but same cannot be said about Kumasi. If we (KATH) close down now they won’t be any other health facility in Kumasi to handle many of the patients so imagine what will happen,” he told host Kojo Marfo.
He further stated that hospital authorities should be praised for their unrelenting services rendered to the masses even with limited resources.
He insisted that KATH has over the years tried strongly to make available beds and other health materials through their scanty Internally Generated Fund to support patients.
Mr. Kwame Frimpong urged the populace to still have confidence in the facility, despite the few unfortunate cases recorded, “KATH will continue to render the best of services to its clients” he said.
He also called on government to either upgrade the existing health facilities in the region or build new hospitals to caretaker for the fast-growing population as a measure to reduce the burden on KATH.
By: Bayaga Fatawu